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Post-debate polls of voters declare Romney the winner

October 4, 2012 Mitt Romney scored a clear victory among uncommitted voters who watched the first presidential debate, saying by a two-to-one margin that the Republican nominee was the winner. Among uncommitted voters, 46 percent said Romney won the debate, versus 22 percent who said the same of President Obama, according to an ...

Paul Ryan won't call for U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to resign

October 1, 2012 NEW YORK CITY -- Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan refused to join conservative critics calling on Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to resign after saying on Sunday shows two weeks ago that the Sept. 11 attacks on Americans in Libya were a spontaneous response to ...

Ryan lets his inner wonk flag fly

September 24, 2012 ORLANDO, Fla. – Let Paul be Paul. The phrase, common among staffers on Paul Ryan's campaign, is parlance for permitting the seven-term Wisconsin congressman to embrace his inner wonk, the side of his personality that led him to become the youngest House Budget Committee chairman in a decade as well ...

Former Solicitor General Ted Olson plays Biden in Ryan debate prep

September 17, 2012 CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Attorney Ted Olson, who was solicitor general for President George W. Bush, is playing the part of Vice President Joe Biden in Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan's debate preparation, the Romney campaign announced Saturday. Olson has extensive experience both in and out of government. He served ...

Ryan: Obama on notice to 'put up or shut up' with Defense cuts plan

August 23, 2012 FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan on Thursday condemned President Obama in his harshest terms yet for forcing mandatory defense cuts into last summer’s agreement to raise the debt ceiling, saying that Congress has told the president to “put up or shut up” by disclosing how the cuts ...

Ryan denies seeking stimulus money

August 16, 2012 YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Rep. Paul Ryan told a Cincinnati television station in an interview airing on Thursday that he “never asked for stimulus” money made available by the Recovery Act, contradicting documents that show he advocated for Wisconsin companies that were seeking funds. “I opposed the stimulus because it doesn’t ...

Romney's VP choice brings budget leadership experience

August 11, 2012 In the weeks before Rep. Paul Ryan released his latest budget blueprint this year, he urged all of the presidential candidates to follow his fiscal lead. He critiqued GOP front-runner Mitt Romney’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference as “pretty good,” but cautioned that all of the candidates needed ...

Romney picks Ryan for VP slot

August 11, 2012 NORFOLK, Va. – Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the newly appointed running mate for presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, on Saturday stressed that his background in Congress will work to Romney's benefit. “I believe my record of getting things done in Congress will be a very helpful complement to Governor Romney’s ...

Romney steps up criticism of Obama on leaks

July 24, 2012 RENO, Nev. – Sensing a new political vulnerability for President Obama, Mitt Romney on Tuesday sought to weaken Obama’s foreign policy credentials by pinning blame for the leaking of national-security secrets squarely on the president and his administration. "This conduct is contemptible. It betrays our national interest. It compromises our ...

Romney: Feds don’t get how hard it is to run a business

July 23, 2012 COSTA MESA, Calif. – With the presidential race reverting to its regular course following the hiatus imposed by last week’s Colorado shootings, Mitt Romney on Monday attacked President Obama for failing to understand the business environment or meeting more frequently with his jobs council. Speaking to a group of business ...